Radiation Oncology Specialists
During the last 10-15 years in the field of radiation oncology, radiation therapy, clinical radiology, a number of events occurred that should have reflected this in the training and retraining:
- A large number of new techniques of radiotherapy were introduced,
- Dramatically expanded “sphere of influence” of radiation therapy in clinical oncology,
- Increased flow of information on the status of radiation oncology abroad,
- Increased international contacts and exchange of experiences,
- Significantly worsened the exchange of information and experience among professionals within the country,
- With the overall aging of the hardware park in a number of major cancer clinics appeared modern equipment for remote and contact radiotherapy
- A shortage of monographic literature on radiation oncology, published in the last decade,
- Against the backdrop of the emergence of many new titles and editions irregularity persists constantly decreasing availability of specialized journals.
Despite these processes, remain old problems of university and postgraduate education specialists. For information on radiation oncology student receives a 4 th year in the weekly cycle in the departments of diagnostic imaging, radiation therapy, staffed, as a rule, specialists – radiologists. For 5-6 courses, students get acquainted with the issues of radiation oncology at the departments of oncology, as well for short cycles of interpretation, as a rule, surgical oncologists.
Serious damage was done training internship for the abolition of X-ray diagnostics, radiation therapy, which, however, also possible to give the young doctor a schematic knowledge of the profession, while in developed countries, this process of post-graduate training takes 5-6 years. Until recently, the “incentives” in the form of reduced pensions, shorter working day, a long vacation created the conditions for the inflow into the ranks of radiation oncologists losers from other related specialties. This is due to the increasing role and prestige of the profession, the opportunity to work on modern hardware, but this trend is only observed in some large radiology centers.
Postgraduate Training of Radiation Oncology Specialists
Postgraduate training of radiation oncology specialists, unfortunately, comes down to training, at best, once every five years at one of the two departments of institutions of postgraduate education and this is becoming less affordable for professionals. In view of the socio-economic reasons, it becomes less accessible and the training of doctors in the workplace in large central hospitals.
Important is this form of training, the work in the scientific community (association), but here the situation is not the most favorable for radiation oncologists: the regional associations of oncologists, usually dominated by the number of surgical oncologists, radiation in the associations diagnosticians and radiation therapists overwhelming numerical superiority on the side of radiologists, diagnosticians. Quintessence of this situation can be observed by analyzing the composition of a professional convention delegates last ray diagnosticians, therapists and radiation oncologists.
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